Zinc has a big role to play in cancer prevention because it has such a powerful influence on female and male hormone balance – and more importantly upon whether hormones break down to harmless metabolites.
Testosterone in males (and females) should be broken down, after it’s used around the body, to substances that exit the body through the bile into the stools. Without zinc (and B6 and sulphate) this doesn’t occur and testosterone goes down a different route to become dihydro-testosterone – a dangerous metabolite which over stimulates prostate tissue and leads to greater risks of prostate cancer. The herb Saw Palmetto helps in a similar way. Continue reading